COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (6-15)

At the direction of the Shelby County Health Department, we will remain in Phase 2 of the Back-to-Business plan.  If you’re a business and have questions or would like to submit a business plan, you can visit here or you submit them to

Please remember that regardless of which phase we’re in, the most important fact to keep in mind is that the power to keep this virus under control lies within each of us. If we act like everything is back to normal, we risk negating all the good work we have done so far and potentially filling up our hospitals with very sick people. Keep washing your hands, social distancing, and covering your face when you’re in public.

A quick look at the numbers: Below is a brief summary of the weekly averages for the first two weeks in May and in June.    

May 1-14: Tests: 1335  Positivity Rate: 5.3  New Cases: 72   Hospitalizations: 118                                        

June 1-14  Tests: 1605  Positivity Rate: 8.8  New Cases: 126  Hospitalizations: 166                                        

With respect to hospitalizations, on June 14, 78 percent of acute care beds and 78 percent of ICU beds were filled at our hospitals under their normal staffing levels.  If you count the hospitals’ expanded capacities, those numbers drop to 64 percent and 52 percent. Also, these numbers do not include the additional 401 beds available for potential overflow COVID-19 patients at the old Commercial Appeal site. An additional data point, the average age of COVID-19 patients in the hospital is 38 years old.

The bottom line—we are at least another six to twelve months away from having a widely distributed vaccine for this virus.  As a result, we must stay vigilant—please continue to practice social distancing, wear facial coverings when you’re in public, wash your hands thoroughly, and if you have it, keep using hand sanitizer.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: June 15, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Cases6892
Total Tested in Shelby County98,105
Tennessee Total Cases30,432
*As of 2:00 p.m. 6/14/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN510
Desoto County, MS714
Crittenden County, AR522
Numbers current as of 10:00 a.m. 6/15/2020

Shelby County Health Department is tracking clusters in facilities that serve certain vulnerable populations:

Here is information about clusters considered to be resolved. A cluster is considered resolved once a facility has gone 28 days without a new case.

Here is the most recent testing and case information provided by the Shelby County Division of Corrections:

The testing positivity rate is the percentage of all tests conducted that are found to be positive. The chart below shows Shelby County’s testing positivity rates over time, as of June 14, 2020.

Shelby County Health Department has added a data page to its COVID-19 webpage:  It includes information about the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County.

All of Shelby County, including the municipalities and the unincorporated areas are under Safer at Home orders. Some non-essential businesses may reopen under the guidance of Shelby County Health Directive #4, issued on May 18, 2020, which can be viewed here:

For more information about the Safer at Home order or to register concerns, the public may contact:

· The Shelby County Mayor’s Action Line: 901-222-2300

· The Shelby County Health Department’s COVID-19 Hotline: 833-943-1658

· Email